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LEO SAUL BERK LEO SAUL BERK

SITED
June 27-August 23, 2008

Lee Center for the Arts
Hedreen Gallery
901 12th Ave (at Marion), Seattle

**ARTIST TALK** Saturday, August 23rd at 1:30pm

ArtDish Review

STRANGER Podcast

L.P.S. in NEW EDGE, NEW BLOOD @ AiA L.P.S. in NEW EDGE, NEW BLOOD @ AiA

Who is shaping the future of Seattle architecture? Which firms represent the "new blood" that will carry us forward, challenge our status quo, and shape a new architectural frontier for our city? AIA Seattle explores these questions in "New Edge: New Blood", an exhibition of several up and coming Seattle firms.

Firms Include:
BLA
Build LLC
chadbourne + doss
Graham Baba
Heliotrope
Hutchison & Maul
HyBrid
Lead Pencil Studio
Pb Elemental
PIQUE
workshop A|D
Zero Plus

I.V. = Genius I.V. = Genius

Congratulations to IMPLIED VIOLENCE, this year's STRANGER GENIUS AWARD WINNERS for arts organizations.

Want proof?
SUMMARY IN SEQUENCE (a Lawrimore Project supported performance) is happening now.

DETAILS HERE

SADA - Century 21 SADA - Century 21

Congratulations to CRIS BRUCH and LEAD PENCIL STUDIO for being included in "Century 21" curated by the members of SADA for the WRIGHT SPACE.

Opens September 11, 2009

More details to follow.

TAM - NW Biennial Short List TAM - NW Biennial Short List

Congratulations to SUSAN ROBB and ISAAC LAYMAN for being shorlisted to the 2009 Nortwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum.

L.P. and S.B.C. in CHELSEA L.P. and S.B.C. in CHELSEA

Hot on the heels of them completely knocking the art world dead at the CREATIVE CAPITAL retreat in upstate NY, SuttonBeresCuller's OBSERVATION CAMERA, 2007 was included in this show last month in the heart of Chelsea.

Creative Capital Here

Seatte Weekly Article

ANNA KUSTERA HERE

SUSAN ROBB profile in the SEATTLE WEEKLY SUSAN ROBB profile in the SEATTLE WEEKLY

By Brian J Barr

READ IT HERE

With a cover image by Peter Mumford no less!

LEAD PENCIL STUDIO AT THE WEATHERSPOON MUSEUM
www.weatherspoonmuseum.com






WITHOUT ROOM (installation view)





WITHOUT ROOM (Installation View)

WITHOUT ROOM (detail)

WITHOUT ROOM (detail)

SUTTONBERESCULLER in Pacific Northwest Magazine SUTTONBERESCULLER in Pacific Northwest Magazine

It's not that our standard notion of art is obsolete, but that in many cases it falls short of its role, Sutton believes. "Before contemporary culture, where we're bombarded by all this media, television and stimulation everywhere, visual art was mass culture's medium. Everybody looked at it; everybody was inspired by it. That doesn't fit anymore," Sutton says. "We talk all the time about wanting to make art that's not for an art-educated audience, wanting to make art for anyone who's willing to engage it — but that's adding to this ongoing art dialogue as well."


Read more of Sheila Farr's article in The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine

SUTTONBERESCULLER 2008 Creative Capital Grant Recipients
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AQUA ART MIAMI: 2007 AQUA ART MIAMI: 2007


Our "booth" and Aqua's new Wynwood space.

Alex Schweder's sculpture, SNOWBALL viewed
from the outside looking into our space




 

Claudia X. Valdes at Mills College
We Interrupt Your Program is a group show of video and new media works by fourteen emerging and mid-career female artists. Through their work, the artists intervene in, reconfigure, augment, and/or re-contextualize dominant narratives of war, violence, power, science, technology, gender, and the natural environment from a feminist, or at least female, perspective. The exhibition includes work made by computer-manipulated video, video installation, interactive sculpture, and photography. All of the artists respond to mainstream media including network television, mass market feature films, computer and video games−interrogating them as restrictive cultural vocabularies that routinely exclude the female voice and point of view. Their work is powerfully expressive, conceptually complex, technically accomplished, uses humor and satire, and is relevant to our culture's historical moment.





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LIZ COHEN AT THE SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART LIZ COHEN AT THE SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Car Culture looks at the interrelationship of cars, people and society-for better or worse. We associate the ubiquitous automobile with romantic notions of the freeing, open road; with the craftsmanship of customization; and with the prestige of conspicuous consumption. Cars are also combustible devices that frustrate us when they malfunction, pollute the environment and become tools of global malevolence, from smuggling to car bombings. Car Culture spans from parody to politics. It encourages viewers to think about cars as never before through the eyes of artists from eight countries with very different car cultures.


www.smoca.org

EVERYTHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT LAWRIMORE PROJECT EVERYTHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT LAWRIMORE PROJECT

STRANGER PROFILE
by Jen Graves.

Excerpt: "Two years ago, Lawrimore Project didn't exist and Scott Lawrimore was just another assistant at somebody else's gallery. He has a nondescript background: grew up in a trailer park in northern California, once made a drawing of Scrooge that got him placed in art classes, ended up with a master's degree in art history, came to Seattle to work and moved up the gallery chain, ending at Greg Kucera Gallery.

Now, Lawrimore is historic.

Ken Allan, an art historian at Seattle University, compares Lawrimore to some-one like Walter Hopps, who schlepped slide projectors to collectors' L.A. homes in the 1950s to spread the gospel of abstract expressionism. Or to Richard Bellamy, the man who stood behind minimalism in its very early days, but quickly lost his Green Gallery in New York to bankruptcy.

"I think that, in the end, Scott will have developed one of only two art spaces here in Seattle that were distinct from what everybody else did," Kucera said of his former protégé the other day.

The other gallery Kucera was referring to was run by Donald Young, who put everyone else to shame by importing world-famous artists to Seattle. (He moved to Chicago.) That's different from Lawrimore's gig, which is aptly described as a "project" instead of a "gallery." Lawrimore Project is a commercial gallery, but there are times when it seems an awful lot like a nonprofit, a theater, a school, a bar, a party, a brunch place, a think tank, a salon, or a community center."

CONTEMPORARY MAGAZINE PROFILE
Contemporary is the world’s most widely distributed arts magazine. Since its relaunch in January 2002 the magazine’s circulation has steadily increased, with an estimated readership of over 75,000. The magazine’s growing distribution network covers the UK, Europe, North America, Africa, New Zealand and Australia, with contributors in over 70 countries. We are a multi-faceted magazine, covering visual arts, news, books, trivia, architecture, design, fashion, film, music, new media, photography, dance, sport and much more.

CURRENT ISSUE: ANNUAL 2007
50 EMERGING GALLERIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Tonson Gallery, Alt. Gallery, Arquebuse, Aspn Gallery, Bastard Gallery, Blanket Gallery, Blow De La Barra, Chung King Project, Cinders, D.E.N. Contemporary, Diaz Contemporary, Dicksmith Gallery, Distrito Cu4tro, Federic Desimpel, Federico Luger, Freymond-Guth Und Co., Galeria Adler, Galleria D’arte Radar, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Galeria Nogueras Blanchard, Galeria Vermelho, Galeria Vertice, Galerie Tazl, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Gallery 9, Harris Lieberman, Isabela Bortolozzi Galerie, James Fuentes, Johnston Gallery, Klima Bochenska Gallery, La Bank, Lawrimore Project, Lemon Sky, Monitor, Mother’s Tank Station, Natalia Goldin, Not Gallery, Offi ce Baroque, Paperwork, Paradise Row, Pistolet Gallery, Rosa Chancho, Rothas Gallery, Sat Gallery, Stainless, The Embassy, Universal Studios-Beijing, Vera Cortes, Viamiali’s, Whatiftheworld

LAWRIMORE PROJECT is 1 of only 7 galleries from the U.S. included in the issue:

SUSAN ROBB feature in RIVET MAGAZINE SUSAN ROBB feature in RIVET MAGAZINE

Great spread in R19 - The Power Issue

In addition to the portfolio, Robb has produced:

LIMITED EDITION SEED PACKETS

"Power Plants (hyperaccumulators) are a clean, efficient way to decontaminate the environment. They thrive on soil toxins, storing in their leaves harmful metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil and other contaminants to protect themselves from fungi. In doing so, they eliminate hazardous materials from soil."

To get yours email: seeds@rivetmagazine.org

Tivon Rice Profiled in Art Ltd. Tivon Rice Profiled in Art Ltd.

"A recent award-winning graduate of the University of Washington MFA program, Rice has been making waves with his smart, sensual blending of sculpture and video, with six solo shows already under his belt and two of his pieces pledged to regional museums. Borrowing from the legacies of both Minimalism and Surrealism, Rice wants to change the linear, two-dimensional experience of video art to an emotional, three-dimensional experience..."
Elizabeth Bryant

Have we succeeded in whetting your art-appetite? If you said yes, continue reading HERE

SuttonBeresCuller at SAM
SuttonBeresCuller's Stand-Up Van is now installed on the outdoor landing of the Seattle Art Museum for the 2007 West Edge Sculpture Exhibition. Don't believe us? Read all about it here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

W.E.S.E 2007 GALA PARTY & AUCTION
Where: Alexis Hotel 1st and Madison in Downtown Seattle
When: September 7, 2007 from 5 pm to 11 pm
What: Libations, hors d'oevres, music and ART!
Cost: $25.00 per person. Limited number of tickets available. Purchase here!

W.E.S.E ARTIST LECTURE WITH SBC
Where: Seattle Art Museum
When: Thursday September 20 from 7 - 9pm
Cost: FREE!

Seattle Times Review




Susan Robb's Toobs at Volunteer Park

"Depending on how the light and wind hit them, their skin could change from flat black to chrome to mottled to wrinkled, like the sides of a tin can. When they went flying, they could be aggressive, or affectionate, or teasing. Occasionally, one of them, not caught by the wind, would stand inexplicably erect while the others flew diagonally like a clump of underwater reeds. People were picking favorites, but I only had eyes for the whole."
Jen Graves

Read More Here!
Watch the Toobs on Youtube!

Tivon Rice in New York Exhibition of Grant Recipients Tivon Rice in New York Exhibition of Grant Recipients

"Finally, we come to the alluring pieces of Tivon Rice. Although television is the identifiable magnet for Rice’s investigations, he strips away its seductive narrative possibilities for another more seductive and hypnotic level of representation. With The History of Television, Rice has made the ultimate conflation – the glowing cathode ray tube as the enlightened one, the Buddha. Television is our god, the carrier of the light and the sort of transcendence offered by Simon Cowell, transmitting the promise of full participation in the culture, fit abs and no baldness. Rice goes all the way with an homage to the most arresting of video artists the late Nam June Paik, except here Paik’s television doesn’t represent the Buddha; it is the Buddha – a repeating image of peace and perfection glowing with the blue of sea and sky…two unlimited fields. Marshall McCluan had it right and Rice has illustrated his famous line perfectly: America (and perhaps the world) long ago traded the natural church of the landscape for the aura of the pixilated screen. Please bow to Rice’s piece before you enter the temple – then go numb."

Gregory Amenoff
CUE Art Foundation

FOR TIMES AND DIRECTIONS

FOR MORE ON THE GRANT

Sami Ben Larbi in Virginia
Sami Ben Larbi mounts new installation, Pictures I Wish I Had, at Richmond's Metro Space Gallery

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SuttonBeresCuller - On The Boards SuttonBeresCuller - On The Boards

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LEAD PENCIL STUDIO in S.F. LEAD PENCIL STUDIO in S.F.

Liminality: Art on the Threshold >>> Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, June 3 2007 >>> San Francisco Exploratorium

 
IN BETWEEN, 2007 >>> Lead Pencil Studio >>> Looking at the earliest gesture of the construction process, In Between examines the activity of site preparation, where surface topography is adjusted prior to the arrival of the first building materials. By introducing this temporal condition into the museum setting, the artists wish to dwell on the moment of uncertainty, anticipation, and infinite potential that is a significant emotional component of every architectural and cultural transition. Also present in the work is a nylon archeology grid overlaid atop the entire landscape, a bent line of fluorescent lighting, and a suggestion of built form rendered in white welded wire. The entire assembly becomes a confounding museum diorama, describing the peculiar state of uncertainty in between the formation of an idea and its completion.

SBC @ TAM SBC @ TAM

IN A SEA OF THE FAMILIAR, ONE INVENTIVE INSTALLATION SETS SAIL >>> Seattle Times, March 2nd 2007 >>> The main thrill at TAM, though, floats outside the gallery in the form of another fabulous site-specific installation by the creative machine SuttonBeresCuller. These are the three guys — John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler — who've been triple-handedly raising the bar for local artists with their inspired collaborations in unlikely places. In this case they took over the museum's glass-enclosed courtyard. Last year the space was used as a vitrine for an installation of Chihuly glass floats, but SuttonBeresCuller had a bigger and more startling idea: They envisioned the courtyard as a glass "bottle" with a ship sailing inside. What they accomplished is a gorgeous and mysterious thing. A beautiful 26-foot wooden sailboat (a 1956 Blanchard Senior Knockabout salvaged by the artists) seems to ride a wave, its jib aflutter in the breeze. Flumes of steam puff from throughhulls. With the improbable scale of a model ship in a bottle, the installation is an intellectual puzzle — how did they get that big boat in that little enclosed space? (Answer: by crane.) Where does the steam come from? (Who knows.) But it's the metaphor that sticks in your brain: a ghost ship asail on some mythical journey, breasting a cloud, tossed on a sea of stone. The blend of poetry, conceptual punch, impeccable craftsmanship and ingenious execution is what distinguishes the best of SuttonBeresCuller's work. -Sheila Farr

MIAMI WARMTH MIAMI WARMTH

It was precisely a year ago that LAWRIMORE PROJECT made its art world debut. Jaq and Dirk allowed me to take part in the 1st AQUA even though I didn’t have a physical space in Seattle yet. I cannot thank them enough for their generosity in that regard. What a way to enter the scene! This year felt like a culmination of all that has happened for the project since Aqua 06. It was validating, inspiring and emboldening to find out that what we have built as a group is finding an audience and generating a ‘buzz’ in greater art circles. I couldn’t have done it without my amazing group of artists, support of collectors and curators, and the press. Warm thanks and here's to a healthy and prosperous 2007.

READ ABOUT MIAMI READ ABOUT MIAMI

SEATTLE PI >>>>> ...Last year, the Aqua design issue was a double-bed headboard in horizontal strips of pine, built into the wall. Most Aqua dealers pretended it wasn't there or placed a white board in front of it. Lawrimore, who hadn't even opened his gallery in Seattle yet, took the trouble to take out the headboard and commission Cris Bruch to make small, fetishistic replicas surrounded by aluminum, turning a key obstacle into art. This year, a lot of dealers took out the headboard but Lawrimore left his in, adding a ledge and putting a matching box in front of it to create a bar, its glass top running videos and he standing behind it, serving wine. Lee's "Consummation," featuring a slowed-down Bach prelude stripped to the right-hand melody line, hung above the headboard, a layered wooden base with a curlicue kink in it that represents a kind of curl in the score. Across its face, a piece of thread smoked in a horizontal progression that turned the string to ash. If there were a contest for gallery design, Lawrimore walked away with it this year. "This is a Seattle gallery?" a man beside me asked incredulously, looking around. He appreciated the wit of Bruch's shiny red metal quote marks, subtly claiming ownership of whatever art hung inside them, in the best Duchampian mode... >>> Regina Hackett >>> READ COMPLETE ARTICLE: www.seattlepi.nwsource.com

and... and...

THE STRANGER >>> ...Installation-wise, Lawrimore Project was the best venue I saw Miami-wide. Lawrimore is a mastermind impresario. He built, in Seattle, and shipped to Miami, a functional bar (serving delicious Lillet, a white wine mulled with herbs). Under the glass bar top, videos played by request according to a printed "menu" of works. Nearby hung the clever little sample headboard Cris Bruch made last year in homage to the striped Aqua headboards. This year, Bruch made large n's whose purpose was to inspire connections between works (this 'n' that). At the door was the ultimate Miami object: a velvet rope. And in the closet was a pile of the detritus Lawrimore collected during his time at the fair, with appropriately gritty video and a light-box photograph from Charles LaBelle. Susie Lee's delicate counterpoint, a video called Consummation, of two strands of twine burning down to the sounds of Bach, hung over the bar. Consummation sold eight editions right off the bat... >>> JEN GRAVES >>> READ COMPLETE ARTICLE: www.thestranger.com

or... or...

MODERN ART NOTES >>> ...Lead Pencil Studio @ Lawrimore Projects. Lead Pencil Studio, aka Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, describes itself as "a new voice in the emerging field created from the interdisciplinary overlap of architecture and site-specific art." (I'm tempted to call them "the art world's biggest over-consumer of adjectives.") Earlier this year, near the Oregon/Washington border, LPS built Maryhill Double, a scaffolding-and-construction-netting piece of earth art. The piece challenged the monumentality of earth art, by setting aside a void in a massive landscape. I'd have given my left lobe to have been there. The piece reminds me of Rachel Whiteread's language, Robert Irwin's relationship to light, James Turrell's interest in volume, and a California impressionist's sense of color. I wanted to see much, much more than just the video that Lawrimore showed in Miami... >>> TYLER GREEN

2006 ACCOLADES 2006 ACCOLADES

SEATTLE PI >>> Visual Arts 2006: Lawrimore Project makes a splash with its fresh space and talent >>> In Seattle's visual art scene, 2006 was the year of blurred boundaries. Freelance art curators competed with the museum-employed; non-profits went head-to-head with commercial spaces, and artist teams grabbed the spotlight from rugged individuals. It's the year Seattle artists headed online to create art on a virtual island, a project scheduled to make it big in 2007. My top 10 list features nine pros... >>> 1. Lawrimore Project: From the outside, the building at 831 Airport Way S. is anonymous modernism. Even though Scott Lawrimore took over from a sign company this year, there's no sign to announce his presence. Only those who walk inside get the full effect of his radical chic, from the concrete floor and concrete board walls of the first gallery to his mint-green waiting room, elegant cluster of other gallery spaces and his office on concrete blocks, a tribute to his youth in a trailer park. Designed by Seattle's Lead Pencil, there's nothing quite like this space anywhere. Then there are his artists, the strongest lineup since DONALD YOUNG opened here in the 1990s. Unlike Young, whose artists tend to have blue-chip credentials, Lawrimore's are mostly young and unproven in a commercial gallery, until now. Lawrimore is a commercial space that feels alternative, a smaller version of Western Bridge or a larger version of Suyama Space and the Wright Space... >>> REGINA HACKETT

and... and...

SEATTLE WEEKLY >>> ...For the avant-scenesters, the event of the year was the June grand opening of Scott Lawrimore's space on the industrial edge of town. Artfully designed by accolade-gathering team Lead Pencil Studio (Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo), Lawrimore Project was the scene of the latest shenanigans of performance art trio SuttonBeresCuller, who built a mysterious installation in a giant box, unveiled three weeks later as a Chinese restaurant. Lawrimore's willingness to champion challenging artists like SBC, Susie Lee, Tivon Rice, and Sami Ben Larbi makes his space the place to go for bold expressions, and expands the perimeter of the city's artscape both geographically and psychologically... >>> SUE PETERS

KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED

SEATTLE PI >>> FIVE TO WATCH in 2007 on the local arts scene >>> ...#3. Scott Lawrimore >>> When he worked at the Greg Kucera Gallery, Lawrimore used to muse about opening his own gallery. His musing went on for nearly five years, and yet when he opened at 831 Airport Way S., his space, the Lawrimore Project, came as a radical surprise. In business less than a year, it's already the most distinctive and original gallery in the city's history...

AND FROM THE OLD BOSS... AND FROM THE OLD BOSS...

...Best new Seattle thing: The opening of Scott Lawrimore's new space, Lawrimore Project, in Seattle. Without a doubt the scene-changing event of the year in Seattle. If it absolutely must be a singular exhibition, I would have to say it's the Sutton/Beres/Culler show Lawrimore did as his opener...

AWARDS AWARDS

CONGRATS TO ARTIST TRUST GRANTEES >>>> Tivon Rice >>>> Lead Pencil Studio >>>> Cris Bruch

GENIUS GENIUS

Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo of LEAD PENCIL STUDIO are the 2006 STRANGER GENIUS AWARD winners for visual art.

SHORTLIST SHORTLIST

Congratulations to CRIS BRUCH for making the Visual Arts SHORTLIST for the STRANGER GENIUS AWARD

SHORTLIST or SHORTBUS? SHORTLIST or SHORTBUS?

LAWRIMORE PROJECT made the SHORTLIST for THE STRANGER GENIUS AWARD >>>> the first 'commercial' arts organization to be so recognized >>>> Thanks STRANGER! [you idiots]

LAWRIMORE PROJECT now EMMY Eligible LAWRIMORE PROJECT now EMMY Eligible

Nancy Guppy has produced a piece about the gallery for the SEATTLE CHANNEL (ch. 21) >>>> It can be viewed on the web >>>> www.seattlechannel.org

LAWRIMORE PROJECT opened June 22nd with SUTTONBERESCULLER